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The Nissan Juke gets a few styling tweaks and adds a new trim level to the lineup for 2015. The front fascia has been revised, giving the vehicle slightly more aggressive looks. Inside a few new features are standard, including a rearview monitor and a text messaging assistant. Also new for 2015 is the Juke NISMO RS, which is even more performance oriented than the standard Juke NISMO and includes a more powerful engine and stiffer suspension for better handling.
The 2015 Nissan Juke is offered in S, SV, SL, NISMO and NISMO RS models. The Juke is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower in all trims other than the NISMO RS. Nissan retunes the engine for more power in the NISMO RS, where it makes 215 or 211 hp depending on transmission choice. The Juke's engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) in most models of the lineup, although a manual gearbox is available in front-wheel-drive versions of the SV, the NISMO and in the NISMO RS.
Each of the models in the lineup can be equipped with all-wheel drive. All-wheel-drive versions of the Juke include torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive hardware that normally sends torque equally between the front and rear wheels and can also send more of it to one of the rear wheels than the other--resulting in capable all-weather traction plus some lively driving dynamics on curvy, dry roads, too.
Inside, the driver has access to a small control screen called the Integrated Control (I-CON) system, where can be accessed climate-control functions but perhaps more importantly, one of three different driving modes--Normal, Eco and Sport can be selected. Throttle sensitivity, transmission shifting behavior and steering feel vary significantly. Sport mode helps allow the most enjoyment of the Juke's well-tuned suspension and all-wheel drive system.
Fundamentally, the Juke is laid out like an economical small car, with a front strut setup and a precise, quick-ratio rack-and-pinion steering system with electric boost. All-wheel drive models get a fully independent setup in back, while front-wheel-drive models have a torsion-beam rear (which makes room for rear underfloor storage). NISMO models make the most of it with a lowered suspension including springs that are ten percent stiffer than those used in the rest of the lineup, as well as wider performance tires.
Appearance-wise, NISMO models also differ from the rest of the lineup with their red gauge faces, sport seats with red stitching and leather-and-suede steering wheel.
Standard features on the Juke include a 6-way manual driver's seat and 4-way manual front passenger seat, power door locks, Bluetooth hands-free calling, an iPod interface and a CD audio system with steering-wheel controls. SV models step up to satellite radio compatibility, upgraded cloth upholstery, the I-CON system, push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a few other items, while SL models get an upgraded Rockford Fosgate sound system with subwoofer, USB connectivity and a navigation system with real-time NavTraffic information.
Factory options are limited to three packages. SV and NISMO models can be upgraded with a Navigation Package, while S, SV and SL can gain some of the performance-oriented appearance of the NISMO with the Sport Package. A Midnight Edition appearance package includes black 10-spoke wheels with mirror caps and a black spoiler. Standalone options include several wheel upgrades, a stainless steel exhaust finisher, a center armrest and illuminated kick plates.